At times it feels like we have spent more time nurturing our one acre of Mourvèdre than the rest of our 15 acres combined. Halcôn temperatures very closely match Côte Rôtie historical averages, meaning that we are on the very edge of ripeness for Mourvèdre. In order to ensure fruit maturity we have pruned our Mourvèdre vines back to 3-4 spurs per plant, typically leading to 8-12 clusters per plant. In 2017, we saw yields towards the higher end of this range. Given a light Grenache yield and a desire to keep the Esquisto ratio at approximately 20% Mourvèdre, we were in the enviable position of producing a small bottling of 100% Mourvèdre. A very mature crop at just 22.1b was picked October 14th. We used 50% whole-cluster, aged in neutral French 500L puncheons and, like all our wines, fermented with native yeasts.
This wine is nothing like the bigger Mourvèdre produced in Paso Robles or Southern Spain. There is an excellent density and texture - nothing superficial here. A very floral nose, bright red fruits, that leathery Mourvedre funk and lots of pepper. Medium bodied with great detail. For reference, Ken Zinns of GrapeNutz picked this as his wine of the day out of 200+ wines at the Garagiste Sonoma tasting in May 2018. He described it as “a standout, herbal red fruits, smoky, peppery, and floral, with notes of iron and game, a bright mouthfeel and fine tannins”. Just 70 cases produced. As always, bottled unfined and unfiltered. 12.5% alc.